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High School Students

College prep checklist for 10th-grade high-school teens



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The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a preliminary version of the SAT. Not only does the PSAT help prepare students to take the SAT or ACT, but a great score on the PSAT can also open the door to National Merit Scholarships and other awards.

With $180 million in scholarships awarded to students that achieve high scores on the PSAT, how you perform on this exam can help you earn scholarship dollars that change the direction of your college planning. The PSAT is much more than a practice test.— KAPLAN


To Do

All Year

  • Meet with your school counselor or mentor to discuss colleges and their requirements.

  • Consider taking a practice Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) or the PLAN exam.

  • Plan to use your summer wisely: Work, volunteer, or take a summer course (away or at a local college).

  • Learn the differences between grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships

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Find out whether your child’s school has college nights or financial aid nights. Plan to attend those events with your child.

Help your child develop independence by encouraging him or her to take responsibility for balancing homework with any other activities or a part-time job.

Mentoring and Coaching

1. Career/Academic Planning

  • Choosing classes for specific careers

  • Job shadowing • Help students identify internships

  • Staying knowledgeable about the industry/your craft.

2. Leadership Development

  • Time management

  • Problem-solving

  • Working with people with different personalities and backgrounds

  • Public speaking

  • Conflict resolution

  • Servant-leadership

  • Identifying your personal leadership style

  • Becoming a lifelong learner.


“Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.” ~ John Maxwell


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